noiseBox | 噪聲機

 

sound.of.suitcase – noiseBox | 開箱作業系列 – 噪聲機

此作參考了兩種機械裝置,一是愛迪生發明的留聲機,留聲機紀錄聲音的來源來自細針刻畫在蠟桶上的深淺,再經由唱針將聲音重現。噪聲機則反轉了這樣的機制,以不同齒數的齒輪取代蠟桶機制,透過隨機來回移動的唱針,播放出不成曲調的噪訊。另一種機械裝置則是參考了在網路上相當出名的「最無用機械」(The Most Useless Machine),採用一個開關機制,當播動開關開啟箱子後,隨即又會有支機械小手將開關關上並闔上箱蓋。此作即利用此機制,作為一段隨機作曲演出的開始,開關打開、展開箱蓋、開始演奏最後結束之時,伸出機械手將開關關閉,隨即關閉箱蓋結束演出。

This piece‭ ‬was‭ ‬inspired‭ ‬by‭ ‬two devices‭, ‬one of which is the phonogram invented by Thomas Edison‭.‬‭ ‬In order to‭ ‬produce sounds on a phonograph‭,‬‭ ‬spiral grooves are engraved on a wax cylinder to‭ ‬record‭. ‬Then a‭ ‬playback stylus is used to trace the engravings to reproduce the sounds‭. ‬noiseBox‭ ‬replaces the process of the wax cylinder with gears‭ ‬with‭ ‬different numbers of teeth‭. ‬Tuneless noise is created when‭ ‬the‭ ‬stylus‭ ‬shifts back and forth‭.‬
The other‭ ‬inspiration‭ ‬was‭ ‬the‭ ‬renowned‭ ‬“Most Useless‭ ‬Machine”.‭ ‬Driven by an‭ ‬on/off switch‭, ‬this box with a lid turns itself off with a lever‭ ‬contained inside‭, ‬once it has been‭ ‬switched‭ ‬on‭.‬‭ ‬noiseBox‭ ‬applies‭ ‬the same‭ ‬mechanism‭: ‬turn the switch on‭, ‬the‭ ‬case opens and‭ ‬the performance starts‭. ‬As the performance ends‭, ‬the switch is mechanically turned off and the lid shuts down‭ ‬again.